CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The visit to the bear hide will be etched in my memory for years to come. We were deep in the forest and  silently walking towards the hide, desperately hoping to see a bear when suddenly Katerina motioned   to us to crouch down and stop. A bear was walking towards us! I felt excited but was also thinking that we shouldn't be seeing a bear yet as we hadn't reached the hide! Visiting the Libearty Bear Sanctuary was very moving as some of the  bears who  had all  been abused by humans and now had the option of living deep in the forest opted to come close to the fences as they still wanted contact with humans.   

What did you think of your group leader?

Cosmin Dan was our translator and guide. He looked after each of us and nothing was ever too much trouble.Cosmin was knowledgeable and  passionate about the mountains and the animals which live there. He also had a good sense of humour.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Be prepared for ALL weathers. I packed with a bias towards cooler, wet weather but it was HOT with temps in the upper 20's Celsius. Take plenty of water on the walks. A small lunchbox stops your sandwiches getting squashed. Be prepared for some steep climbs.    

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The scenery is beautiful.We arrived in the dark and on opening the curtains the first morning saw a scene from The Sound Of Music. Almost broke into 'the hills are alive !' I was apprehensive about going on a group holiday but everyone was very friendly, a really nice group of people of mixed ages and backgrounds. Katarina who owns the guesthouse is an excellent hostess , nothing is too much trouble and she is knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife. The trip is very good value for money.  I want to go back!